Xfinity Series’ Dash4Cash concludes at Darlington

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The final stage of the Xfinity Series’ Dash4Cash competition will unfold Saturday afternoon with the VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway.

The final stage is the culmination of races at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Dover International Speedway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the race two weeks ago at Bristol Motor Speedway, which set up Saturday’s race.

The final pairing of four drivers competing for $100,000 is Daniel Suarez, Ty Dillon, Chase Elliott and Brian Scott.

The previous stages were won by Regan Smith (Dover, Indianapolis) and Suarez (Bristol). The Charlotte race established the first four drivers for the Dover race.

Suarez, who has never raced at “The Lady in Black,” was the highest-finishing driver of the previous set of four, finishing fifth at Bristol.

“I’m really excited to race at Darlington Raceway,” Suarez said in a team release. “I know it’s a track with a lot of history and it’s the last track on the calendar that I haven’t raced at before. We had some bad luck last race (at Road America), but we’ve turned the page.”

Suarez, Dillon and Smith were part of the first set of Dash4Cash drivers at Dover, with Elliott and Smith taking part at Indianapolis and again at Bristol with Suarez.

Elliott, the defending Xfinity Series champion and Smith’s JR Motorsports teammate, won his second of three 2014 wins at Darlington in his first race at the track.

In two Xfinity races at Darlington, Dillon has a best finish of 10th in 2014.

“It’s an exciting time for our team and our organization,” Dillon said in a team release. “We’ve had a pretty nice stretch of finishes since New Hampshire (seven top 10’s in seven races) and I think we’re headed in the right direction. Each week we’ve been taking a little-by-little mindset, eliminate mistakes and capitalizing on other team’s mistakes. If we do that, I’m confident we’ll be on that podium in Homestead.”

Scott, participating in his first Dash4Cash round, will look to better his career-best finish at Darlington of seventh (2012) while once again seeking to earn his first Xfinity Series win.

The VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 begins at 3:30 pm ET on NBC.

Dash4Cash: Regan Smith, Darrell Wallace Jr, Daniel Suarez and Ty Dillon qualify for first round

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With the completion of the Hisesne 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the four-driver field for this year’s Dash4Cash competition has been set.

The top four Xfinity points finishers Saturday qualified themselves for the first round of a four-race contest for $100,000, which could lead to a chance at $1 million at Darlington Speedway.

After finishing in the top 10, the drivers that will compete for the first-round money are Regan Smith, Darrell Wallace Jr., Daniel Suarez and Ty Dillon.

Whoever finished the highest in next week’s race Dover International Speedway will win $100,000 and advance to the next round at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, while another three drivers can become eligible for that round.

The beginning of the Dash4Cash caught a few of the contestants by surprise. Smith didn’t know Charlotte represented the qualifying race for it until the driver’s meeting on Saturday. Suarez, an Xfinity rookie, found out as his car was guided down pit road at the race’s conclusion.

“It’s good and I didn’t know that until they told me to follow the 6 (Wallace) and the 7 ( Smith),” Suarez said. “That’s cool and something new actually. I saw the ‘Dash 4 Cash,’ and I don’t know exactly how it works or anything, but I’m really proud to be part of this and something new for me.”

Dillon was part of last year’s Dash4Cash competition and won $100,000 when he won his first career Xfinity race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“We won’t really change much in our preparation going into this week,” Dillon said. “It’ll be something that’s in the back of your mind. I’m definitely going to be paying attention to where these guys are during the race, trying to get that extra $100,000 if we’re not leading. ”

After Dover, the Dash4Cash continues at Indianapolis on July 25, then at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 21 before concluding at Darlington on September 5.

“You look at the tracks that they selected and obviously Xfinity was paying attention when they did that,” Smith said. “We’re going to pick four really difficult tracks. There’s nothing easy about any of those places, they’ve all got their own characteristics.”

Each race allows a new set of four drivers to qualify for the next. If one driver manages to be the highest finisher in each race, he can win $1 million total by winning the Darlington race outright.